Middle East expert Gil Elan to speak at SMU March 14, 2013

Gil ElanGil Elan, president of the Southwest Jewish Congress and an expert on Israel and the Middle East, will discuss topics ranging from the Arab Spring to President Obama’s upcoming visit to the region at a meeting of the SMU Retired Faculty Association Thursday, March 14, 2013.

All SMU faculty and staff members are invited to attend. The discussion begins at 2 p.m. in Smith Auditorium, Meadows Museum. A reception will follow at 3 p.m.

A retired lieutenant colonel in the Israel Defense Forces, Elan gained extensive expertise as a combat and briefing officer and as a strategic and political analyst. Educated in London and Tel Aviv, he has published numerous articles and columns on the Middle East and hosted a popular live radio program in Seattle.

Topics will include the unintended consequences of the Arab Spring in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and other countries, as well as their relevance to the current civil war in Syria and their influence on U.S. and Israeli policy. Elan will also discuss Obama’s imminent visit to Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan, scheduled for March 20-23.

The event is sponsored by the SMU Retired Faculty Association, with the support of the Provost’s Office.

For more information, contact Marion Sobol Helgason, Retired Faculty Association president.